U.S. troops on Turkey's border with Syria. Click to enlarge

Iran considering deploying ground forces to counter US intervention in Syria: reports

Coupled with this does the deployment of US troops on Turkey’s border with Syria foreshadow the break up of Syria?

USS Mahan in 2012. Click to enlarge

U.S. Navy destroyer in standoff with Iranian ‘attack’ boat in the Persian Gulf

US warship reportedly fires a warning flare after an Iranian attack boat approached it with weapons manned

China closes US’ exit door from Iran nuclear deal

MK Bhadrakumar on why Tehran has not gone into panic mode over the prospect that Trump might tear up the JCPOA

Krauthammer: Trump’s Right That Iran Is Violating the ‘Spirit’ of the Nuke Deal

If Iran is developing its missiles it’s only because people like Krauthammer are arguing for military action and America’s new president might act on their ‘advice’

Iran disqualifies Ahmadinejad from bid to regain presidency

Council which vets all presidential candidates, excludes the populist former president from running in the forthcoming presidential election

Trump Administration Putting US Back on Path to War With Iran, Warn Experts

With recent statements from the Trump administration on the nuclear accord with Iran, Washington and Tehran could soon be back on a path to confrontation

Rex Tillerson. Click to enlarge

Tillerson: Iran Left ‘Unchecked’ Could Follow North Korea’s Path

What precisely does Tillerson mean when he says “unchecked” and how does he intend to rectify that?

U.S. Considers Re-Imposing All Sanctions on Iran, Dismantling Nuke Deal

In a display of cynical double-standards, Washington considers scrapping landmark nuclear deal and re-imposing sanctions because of Iran’s alleged support for “terror”. While its ally in Saudi Arabia sponsors Sunni militants in Syria and Iraq

Trump Orders Review of Iran Nuclear Deal, Though Iran Has Been Complying

Why has Trump ordered a review of the deal? Is he looking for a pretext to tear it up and “triple up sanctions” on Iran?

The main contenders for Iran's upcoming presidential elections: (top L-R) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hamid Baghaie, Eshaq Jahangiri (bottom L-R) Ebrahim Raisi, Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf, Hassan Rouhani. Click to enlarge

Iran elections: top candidates

Hard-liner Ebrahim Raisi had been tipped as a shoe-in but Ahmadinejad’s late entry, against the Supreme Leader’s wishes, could split the conservative vote

Iran made fighter plane Qaher F 313 taxi test

Iran made fighter plane Qaher F 313 taxi test

Western “experts” initially branded the Qaher 313 a fake. These latest videos confirm our suspicions that it is in fact an ongoing project in development

Russian Foriegn Minister Lavrov (left) in a news conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif. Click to enlarge

Russia, Iran and Syria issue warning to US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warns that any further U.S. strikes on Syria “will have grave consequences not only for regional but global security”

In surprise move, Iran’s Ahmadinejad to run for president

Despite recommendation of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, former president Ahmadinejad has filed papers to run in the upcoming presidential election

Screen grab from a video released by the militant Islamic group. Click to enlarge

In Rare Video In Persian, IS Threatens To Conquer Iran

Strangely enough the militant group has a blind spot when it comes to Israel. In fact, the Zionist state has aided militants in Syria who are in a loose alliance with IS

Top US general calls for military action against Iran

Top US general condemns Iran as the “greatest long-term threat to stability” in the Middle East and called for steps, including military action, to counter its influence

Three Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats are seen near the U.S. aircraft carrier, USS George H. W. Bush while transiting Straits of Hormuz as U.S. Navy helicopter hovers over them during early hours of March 21, 2017.

Iranian navy endangering international navigation in Gulf: U.S. commanders

U.S. commanders warn that Iran is using dangerous tactics in the Straits of Hormuz that could result in open conflict

The West’s sights are now clearly set on Iran

Will Trump pick up where his predecessors left off? With nearly 6,000 US troops currently en route to the region and maybe more to follow the signs don’t look good.

Third Time’s The Charm – These Neocons Want Another Sunni Insurgency (Updated)

Moon of Alabama explains that the Neocon’s want to reignite conflict in the Middle East; using “Sunni Arab tribes” to destroy the Syrian state and then attack the Iranian “bridge” to Hizbullah in Lebanon.

Purim Gifts

President Putin gave Netanyahu a gift when he visited Moscow recently. This was just before the feast of Purin and appropriately Putin gave the Israeli leader a 500-year-old book, The Jewish War of Josephus. Israel Shamir explains

After having proferred a few hasty comments about a number of military questions, President Trump left it to his Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis, to handle all the strategic and tactical aspects. The White House will specify the objectives and the political means, and the Pentagon will be given free reign concerning their implementation. This distinction between politics and the military did not exist in the Obama administration - the Pentagon had to submit all lethal action to the White House.

Trump – clarification?

The US Chief of Staff met with both his Russian and Turkish counterparts to discuss the conflict in Syria. But given Iran also has troops there why weren’t they invited?